Disappointing race for me. I was hoping I could stay in touch with Rhys although he was a good second a lap faster than me. With all the pre-race stress I wasn't too sharp in qualifying, and my best laps were spoiled by traffic, so I was lower on the grid than expected.
With the grid issues I elected to start dead last from the pits to make sure everybody had managed to start, so Rhys was long gone and there was no hope of catching him.
It was good fun though, I spent 35 laps chasing Toby's Cunningham and Mark's Maserati. I was a tad faster but I kept giving away too much time letting the leaders lap me. In retrospect I maybe should have been less gentle but, still, better that than having spoiled anybody's race.
Finally on lap 40 I was right up there with Toby and Mark, but in the excitement I overdid it a bit on braking for turn 1 and hit the fence on the outside. I had not practiced with low fuel so wasn't too confortable with the car in those latter stages.
It wasn't too big a contact so I was confident the car was ok, but it wasn't and I lost it at the hump right after that. Spun, hit the fence and rolled. Car still had four wheels and I probably could have brought it to the pits, but I was too disappointed and didn't want to get in anybody's way with a damaged car so I parked it.
Too bad as a top 10 with good 3000 class points was possible, although catching them was one thing but passing them was another and was by no means a given
Spent the last 10 laps watching the race, notably the great Toby and Mark scrap
Grats to Tom for his superlative drive
to Martin and Erwann for their class wins
and to all finishers.
Sorry again for the starting grid mayhem... Lesson learned, won't happen again.
Thou shalt not train.